Table 1—

Age, smoking status, body mass index and main occupational status# in the Asbestos Post EXposure Survey

Age
 <60 yrs1175 (21.2)
 60–75 yrs4163 (75.1)
 ≥75 yrs207 (3.7)
 Overall5545
Smoking status
 Nonsmokers1376 (36.5)
 Former smokers2066 (54.8)
 Smokers327 (8.7)
 Unknown1776
Body mass index
 Underweight15 (0.4)
 Normal weight956 (26.2)
 Overweight1895 (51.9)
 Obese787 (21.5)
 Unknown1892
 Overall+3653
Main jobs
 Agricultural- or industrial-machinery mechanics and fitters581 (10.8)
 Plumbers and pipe fitters400 (7.4)
 Motor-vehicle mechanics and fitters376 (7.0)
 Bricklayers and stonemasons347 (6.4)
 Building and related electricians331 (6.1)
 Sheet-metal workers239 (4.4)
 Welders and flame cutters228 (4.2)
 Metal smelters, casters and rolling-mill operators218 (4.0)
 Freight handlers211 (3.9)
 Insulation workers136 (2.5)
Main industrial activities
 Basic iron and steel manufacture488 (9.0)
 Complete building construction work384 (7.1)
 Motor vehicle maintenance and repairs320 (5.9)
 Metalworking: boilermaking268 (5.0)
 Installation of heating and air conditioning equipment192 (3.6)
 Installation of electrical wiring and fittings174 (3.2)
 Cargo handling172 (3.2)
 Iron casting165 (3.1)
 Electricity production143 (2.6)
 Ship building and repairs139 (2.6)
  • Data are presented as n (%) or n. #: defined as the job or industrial activities held longest by the subjects; : mean±sd 63.5±5.7; +: mean±sd 27.4±3.8.